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The Media Rumble 2020

Goes digital with TMR@Online 

The Media Rumble (TMR), the annual news and media forum, hosted by Newslaundry and Teamwork Arts, will be back this week in a digital avatar titled TMR@Online. At TMR, leading news professionals, tech innovators, policymakers, filmmakers, and investors from across the world discuss the future of news, tech, and policy. Scheduled from 17-20 September 2020, TMR@Online brings South Asia’s largest media forum to audiences at home on their personal screensThe forum can be accessed through The Media Rumble Website via free online registration.

TMR@Online  features conversations and discussions on some of the most pressing issues concerning news media including the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, ‘Hate News and Fake News’, press freedom, gender representation in newsrooms, ethics and morality in the digital world, Caste and community representation in newsrooms, representation of law and order in cinema.


Prof. Rasmus Nielsen, Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism will make a presentation of the Digital News Report 2020, followed by a conversation on the impact of the pandemic across geographies, how business models and consumer behaviour are changing, and what the future holds for the news media. Also in discussion will be the subject of Ethics and Morality in the Digital World. Algorithms increasingly determine much of the human decision-making process – whether it is the news we consume or the food we order. This session will explore the ethical and moral codes that should govern the fourth industrial revolution, where artificial intelligence and machine learning will become all-pervasive as they merge with bio-tech and the internet of things. There will also be discussions on upskilling journalists for the digital world and the importance of data in journalism.

Karnal Singh, a 1984-batch IPS officer and author of BATLA HOUSE: An Encounter That Shook the Nation is set to be released in September. This session will discuss his book and will explore the administrative reforms needed to delink the police from political interference; the relationship of the police with the media, stressing particularly on how media trials influence investigations; and how Indian police forces are dealing with the speed of information that flows on social media. 

There will also be conversations around entertainment media and a comic spin on the news media itself. Indian cinema is going through a churn – the storylines portrayed on screen are increasingly reflecting India’s realities, as opposed to showcasing an utopian fantasy. A session titled Slice of Life Cinema: Reflecting India’s realities will explore the reasons behind the success of such stories; the impact of OTT platforms on audience behaviour, and as a result, on film-writing and production.

Stand-up acts in these times have come of age and have created their own niche. Satire, sarcasm, and comedy have brought a new generation of storytellers in this digital age. Mostly unforgiving, often reflective of the unreal realities, comics present a light-hearted counter to the mainstream. Live stand-up acts by Aditi Mittal and Abijit Ganguly, specially curated for TMR@Online, will take mainstream news to the cleaners in a show called State of the Media. Scheduled for 18th September, tickets for the stand-up show are available on BookMyShow.

The full list of speakers can be found at Schedule at  

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